Teenage pianist faces Harvey with courageous piano performance

HOUSTON (KTRK) —
In the aftermath of Harvey, heartbreaking tales of destruction and loss across Houston were countered by those of individuals and organizations that put their lives on hold to shelter, feed, and console the thousands that lost their homes, possessions, and sense of security.

Houston’s music scene was no different.

The video below, filmed during floods caused by the hurricane, profoundly captures a small experience of what many of the city’s professional and amateur musicians faced during and after the storm.

Ever see a robot play a piano?

Automatica – Robots vs. Music from musician Nigel Stanford is a follow up to 2015’s viral video, Cymatics – Science vs. Music which showcased a brand new synthesis of music, art and physics.

For this latest visualization, it explores how close we are to seeing AI robots performing instruments and blending in with normal human activity.

Stanford is seen rocking out with his KUKA robots, where the mechanical arms move with accuracy down to 0.03mm, and are programmed with a software called Robot Animator that allows them to strum a bass, scratch on a turntable, and tickle a synthesizer.

Stanford also shared, “I’m sure that in the future it will be possible for AI to write great music but it shouldn’t concern musicians or anyone else for that matters.”
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